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AD LEVANDAM CONSCIENTIAM

ad   levandam   conscientiam   (ad   l<<schwa>>-van-d<<schwa>>m   kon-shee-en-shee-<<

schwa>>m).  [Law  Latin]  Scots  law.  For  the  purpose  of  easing  the  conscience.  •  The  phrase

typically described certain confessions that a criminal suspect voluntarily made when apprehended

and  that  could  be  used  as  evidence  in  the  criminal  trial.  But  an  arrested  suspect’s  responses  to

questions posed by the arresting officer were usu. not admissible because only a magistrate could

ask such questions. [Blacks Law 8th]